Meeting of the Chamber of Deputies – illustrative photo.
Prague – Today, MPs will approve changes in support for refugees from Ukraine, which is facing a year of Russian military invasion. The agenda also includes the election of two members of the Council of the Czech Press Office. The House of Representatives could also continue with the final round of discussion of controversial changes in the selection of councilors for Czech Television and Czech Radio.
According to the cabinet, the changes in support for Ukrainian refugees are intended to increase their share of living expenses and contribute to their integration into society. The amendment to the laws called lex Ukraine in particular tightens the conditions for entitlement to a humanitarian benefit from July, which should be more targeted. The new rules will get the payment of the so-called solidarity allowance for accommodation of Ukrainians with temporary protection in households and free emergency accommodation. As of April, the draft will transfer the assistance centers for assistance to Ukraine from the regions to the Ministry of the Interior. In addition, it will enact the registration of all employment agreements of Ukrainian refugees.
TK of the Minister of Social Affairs on the situation of Ukrainian refugees
On Friday, February 24, from 11:00 a.m., ČTK will broadcast live the TK of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL), Human Rights Commissioner Klára Laurenčíková, and Director of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations Working with Migrants, Andrey Krchová, on the current situation in the field of Ukrainian refugees in Czech republic. TK will take place after the parliamentary discussion of “lex Ukraine”.
Former TOP 09 deputy Daniel Korte, nominated by the coalition Spolu (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09), and university teacher Jakub Končelík, who were proposed by the Pirátů and STAN clubs, are running for a seat on the Council of the Czech Press Office. The House will fill the seats left by Petar Žantovský and Pavlo Foltán, who were nominated in the past by the now opposition ANO movement. Žantovský's mandate will end at the end of February and Foltán's at the beginning of March.
Deputies did not complete the approval of changes in the selection of Czech Television and Czech Radio councilors on Wednesday due to many critical opposition speeches. It is not certain whether the House of Representatives will get around to the amendment today.